“The biggest boss has the clearest desk.”

Yesterday I finished what I had set out to do, nothing. I consolidated trash into a single bag for a future dump run and considered myself well accomplished. The house is clean so today my attentions can be elsewhere. I will water plants and browse through cookbooks for spectacular fall recipes.

When I was in grammar school, my desk top lifted so I able to keep all my stuff neat. Pencils, a ruler, crayons, and workbooks, each had a certain spot inside my desk. The biggest book inside my desk was a reader filled with stories, questions about each story and possible essays. Arithmetic was mostly work sheets and board work. We had geography and history books. We had art and music, no books. For music we sang while a classmate played the keyboard. The nun gave us the starting note from her pitch pipe, and we sang while she directed us. I have no idea what she was doing. I don’t think she did either though she was good with the pitch pipe. Art was mostly whatever though I do remember making a puppet out of paper mâché, giving it horns and painting it red like the devil. It was one of the best things I ever made.

I have a small, old school desk in the kitchen. On the top is where the microwave sits, and the underneath, usually for books and such, has the holiday kitchen towels. The chair holds the day to day towels. The top of the microwave holds my African cookbook collection. I bought the desk and chair at a church fair many years ago. It was a lucky find.

Today is sunny and cloudy and sunny again. The air has a chill even though it is 61˚, the high for the day. Tonight will get down to the 40’s. Both my doors are open to the sun. Henry loves watching out the front. I have no idea what holds his attention. My street is a quiet one, but I do know when the mailman comes.

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4 Comments on ““The biggest boss has the clearest desk.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    My desk both at home and at work is always messy. I keep getting stuff in the mail that I don’t want and I haven’t bought a waste paper basket for my home office, yet. The last time my home desk was pristine was the day it was delivered. At work, I’m just a junk collector. I worked for a manager at one time who had the cleanest desk I had ever seen. However, the bottom drawer was full. Every day before he went home he stuffed that drawer full of the day’s work. I’ve long ago filled up the bottom draw. 🙂

    The clouds came back in this morning and the high temperature today will top out at 69°. A big drop from the mid 80° we had yesterday due to a dry cold front.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      My office desk was usually neat. I used folders to keep track of everything. If I was observing a teacher, I’d grab the folder. They made my work easier.

      The table here in the den is huge. It has three large baskets underneath, all full. The table is metal. The top has books and all sorts of stuff, but they aren’t messy. My psyche does not do well wit messy.

      I just shut the back door. I could feel the cold through the dog door.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby have a really toe tapper !!!


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